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I recently found/finally went through all of my old art school projects and it turns out I’ve been hauling an entire dumpster full of bad paintings around for several years. 

I came across this one which was one of those projects where you have to paint a “Master’s painting.” Whether Gil Elvgren’s pin-ups could be considered “classics” or he a “master” (as opposed to, say, Rembrandt and one of his self-portraits or something) is up for debate, but I chose to recreate Elvgren’s “Man’s Best Friend.” I did okay, except for the poor lady’s face, so I really couldn’t pass up the chance to turn her into a sexy Cthulhu.

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I have so much Tumblr guilt- over a month since my last already sparse postings. But up until I couple of weeks ago, things were pretty crazy. I was putting in roughly 80 hours a week between my full-time advertising job, a sudden surge of freelance work, and best of all, the editorial illustration independent study I did with Daniel Fishel!

The illustrations I’m posting today are the result of the independent study.  I am constantly seeking to improve my skills, and I felt I had hit a weird post-art school graduation plateau in both my skills and confidence. Once a week for ten weeks I met with Daniel via Skype for class. I learned to think more conceptually as well as make better design decisions, and I now approach illustrations in a new way.  Learning to think more conceptually has also helped me with projects at work, as I am naturally a very narrative thinker and advertising demands strong conceptual ideas. At the end of the course I was pleasantly surprised to look over the work I created and see how much I had improved in the ten short weeks (illustrations above in chronological order). I also learned much more about the business side of the illustration industry and gained some pretty invaluable insight that I know will help me get jobs in the future. I really couldn’t be more pleased and thankful! Out of all the work I did, my favorite illustrations are the high-society chickens spot illustration and the New Yorker cover illustration. (Fun Fact: The two kitties peeking out the same window on the left side are my boyfriend’s kitties. I love them.)

So now I’m working on redesigning my website and updating my portfolio, and continuing to create better and better illustrations with everything I gleaned from my AWESOME class!

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I’ve been so busy with work and feel so guilty for my lack of posting! I thought I’d share some sketches from my pretty pink sketchbook in the meantime. They were done for a personal illustration project which I’m really excited about. I used my fabulous new brush pen that I have fallen head over heels for; it’s added a nice looseness that I feel really adds to my drawings.

Life Call

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Allow me to explain.

About a week and a half ago Adweek posted this video of 35 Ads in 35 Years for the publication’s 35th anniversary. I quite enjoyed watching it and was very excited to see the infamous “I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP!” Life Call commercial featured in the compilation. (Watch the original here.) This spot holds a special place in my heart. When I was a kid this commercial used to crack me up. I loved to hang upside down out of bed or off of furniture and yell, “HELP! I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP!” and my mom or dad would come and lift me up. I thought this was a truly hysterical game. So after watching Adweek’s video and being filled with nostalgia, I headed to YouTube to watch the original Life Call commercial. When the woman said she used her medical response device to “summon an ambulance” and various other methods of help, it struck me as kind of strange. SUMMON an ambulance? SUMMON help? SUMMON your neighbor and family? When does anyone ever use the word SUMMON in regards to anything other than SATAN? It did not take my brain long to imagine this little old lady summoning Satan with her Life Call device. And here we are now.